Oct. 10, 2008
BATHURST (CNB) - A new cultural centre officially opened today at the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) - Campus de Bathurst. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty joined college officials at the opening.
"We are proud to have assisted the Bathurst campus of CCNB in achieving its goal of providing the community with a much-needed space to hold smaller-scale cultural events," said Doherty. "This new cultural centre will greatly enhance the student experience. It also reflects one of the guiding principles of our post-secondary education action plan to create a stronger connection between our post-secondary institutions and our communities."
The Government of New Brunswick invested $110,000 towards the renovation of the student lounge at the Bathurst campus, which now doubles as a community cultural centre. The facility, known as La Bibitte, can accommodate up to 150 guests for small-scale musical performances or art shows. During class hours the facility serves as a student lounge.
"The Charter for Change outlines the importance our government places on a vibrant cultural sector, and investments such as this one reflect our commitment to arts and culture," said Doherty. "I would like to acknowledge the Société culturelle Népisiguit, the Fondation du Collège de Bathurst and CCNB-Campus de Bathurst's student association who are working hard to attract events and projects to La Bibitte."
Jean Allain, acting principal of the campus, described the cultural centre as a win-win proposition.
"By making this space available to the cultural community and investing some money, we have been able to enhance our students' college experience," he said. "This project positions the Campus infrastructure as an integral part of its community."
CCNB-Bathurst offers programs specializing in trades, information technology and health sciences. For more information on CCNB, visit the website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Elaine Bell, communications, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2568.